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Orange cinnamon buns

With orange flavor & cardamom

I mean, who doesn’t love cinnamon buns? Silly question I know cause the answer is yes to the majority. Anyways, I wanted to make a different kind this time, trying cardamom and orange! Now who loves that kind? Me! And so will you when you bake them. It resulted into a new favorite as it got so much flavor. It’s definitely a blissful moment taking that first bite as it warms your soul with a hug, indeed a necessity these days when it’s minus 13 here in Oslo. So there is my argument for baking these goodies, it will only do you well. And even if it’s not that cold where you are, let’s remind us that these are also healthier as they have no refined white sugar in it, nor butter or dairy milk! I guess i have convinced you enough, so let’s get to it!

Ingredients

For the bread dough

• 100 ml almond milk

• 100 ml water

• 1 tsp coconut sugar from https://www.midsona.no/cocosa/cocosa-sukker/

• 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast

• 60 ml sunflower oil

• 400g white flour

• 1 tsp ground cardamom

• 1 orange zest only

• 2 tbsp orange juice

For the filling

• 55 g coconut sugar from https://www.midsona.no/cocosa/cocosa-sukker/

• 3 tbs dairy free butter

• 1 1/4 tbs cinnamon

• 1,5 tbs ground cardamom

• 2 oranges zest only

• 2-3 tsp apricot and orange jam (I found out that I took a bit too much of the jam when trying to form them as knots, can be a bit messy so you can choose to either skip it or try with just a little)

Top it with shaves almonds! It’s optional but it gives it a good crunch and they just get more irresistible, aaand prettier.

Instructions

1. First add warm almond milk and water to a bowl at lukewarm temperature. Then add the rest of the ingredients, but first start with the yeast and let it rest about 10 minutes before mixing all together.

2. Next step is kneading the dough for approx. 10 minutes if you have a breadmaker. If not do by hand but it might take you longer to knead the dough well. It should be elastic and shaped into a loose ball. In case it’s too sticky, add more flour until the desired consistency mentioned above.

3. Up next is to let your dough rise to doubled size around an hour covered with damp cloth.

4. When the time has passed, sprinkle some white flour to the surface so it’s easier to roll the dough. Use a wooden or marble rolling pin to do the process until you have shaped a nice rectangle!

5. With room tempered dairy free butter, spread it with a spoon equally across the surface. After that add your filling and do same procedure.

6. Fold the dough into 3 parts, one side meets the middle, while the other side does same and at last fold it over for the third time into one piece.

7. Cut the dough into 12 to 13 equally sized smaller rectangles. Then form them into knots tying them together. Let them rest for 45 minutes covered in cling film for them to rise one last time.

8. Bake them until golden brown and soft in the middle on 180 degrees fan oven for about 20 minutes!

Enjoy everybody and comment how it went or if you have any questions/doubts on how to make them.

With love & care, Melanie x

Vegan, dairyfree & refined sugarfree.. Instead with coconut sugar!
Breakfast

Homemade Granola by Celine

Better than store bought!

I love granola and I’m sure you do too! Buying it can be expensive, so why not make it yourself and save money! Also, you can decide whatever you like in it. I think it’s time you make yourself homemade granola by Celine. The recipe is by my lovely sister and it’s just amazing…

Ingredients:

• 4 cups of oats

• 1 cup of whole meal flour

• 2/3 cup of almond flour

• 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon

• 1 cup of shredded coconut

• 1 cup of raw almonds

• 3-4 tablespoons of honey melted

• 2 generous tablespoons of coconut oil melted

• 1 cup of water – see if you need more depending on the mixture.

Instructions:

1. Mix and stir everything in a bowl.

2. Put the oven on 175 degrees.

3. Spread the mixture on baking sheet with parchment paper and put it on middle groove.

4. Bake it for 30-40 minutes. Halfway through, stir the granola so that it becomes evenly baked.

5. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes and voila the granola is ready for breakfast!

Ps: add some more toppings like roasted hazelnuts, chopped dates and dried cranberries!

Step 3, where the granola mixture is spread on the baking sheet with parchment paper.
Let it rest after it’s taken out of the oven. Add some more toppings you like, I added chopped dates, dried cranberries and roasted hazelnuts. Mmm!
Keep the granola in a glass jar! Enjoy x

The granola is packed with fiber, healthy fats and healthy sugar. This keeps you full longer and stabilizes your blood sugar. Starting your day with a breakfast like that, you are ready for whatever the day brings you.

With love & care Melanie

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Vegan banana bread

It’s so tasty!

I absolutely love baking banana bread. The smell of it and how it’s naturally sweet by the ripe bananas, just makes it one of my favorites!

It’s super easy and simple to make. It’s healthy, vegan and refined sugar free. Just go on and bake it, you will end up so happy cutting the first slice of it. Aaand you will have much left to save for the next days, endless joy I’d say.

Ingredients

250g whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 generous teaspoon of cinnamon

200 ml oat milk

3 small ripe bananas or 2 big ones

3 generous tablespoons of creamy peanut butter

2 tablespoons of flax meal with 6 tablespoons of water to make the vegan substitute egg. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes so it becomes the consistency of an egg.

Instructions

1. In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.

2. In another bowl, mash the ripe bananas, add the peanut butter and in the end combine the flax meal egg.

3. Put the wet ingredients together with the dry and pour in the oat milk.

4. If the batter isn’t thick enough, add a little bit more of flour.

5. Let it be for 10 minutes so that the batter soaks the liquid.

6. Start the oven on 180 degrees in the meantime.

7. When the 10 minutes are done, pour the batter in the loaf pan with baking sheet prepared in it.

8. Bake for 55 minutes and let it rest after for 10 minutes before you cut the first slice!

After you’ve nailed the effort and patience, it’s time for you to finally enjoy it! Hope you like it.

With love and care, Melanie